Charles Dickens: Our Mutual Friend on Audio; Over 50 Titles

February 7, 2012, marks the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens’s birth. His fiction career began with a serialization of a story that eventually developed into The Pickwick Papers. Soon, he became the first literary superstar (apologies to Shakespeare), going on successful reading tours in England and the United States that were the equivalent of Beatles concerts.

The longer the book, the bigger the payday has long been thought as the reason for Dickens’s lengthiness (some would say bloatedness), when like other writers of his era he actively varied the sweep of his works to suit publication by installment. No matter, his poetic prose sings throughout; his characters are unforgettable. Even if you’ve never read a page of his books, who doesn’t know David Copperfield, Fagin, the Artful Dodger, Oliver Twist, Sydney Carton, or Samuel Pickwick? What would December 25 be without that tight fisted hand at the grindstone, Scrooge?

Dickens’s works live in the public domain, and this means editions of each title are plentiful. The audio format showcases the lyrical beauty of his prose. Several audio publishers are going full out for the bicentenary, especially Naxos, which not only is offering nearly all of the old boy’s works in both abridged and unabridged form but also has podcasts discussing many of the them. Included in the list of currently available titles below are both unabridged and abridged programs as well as the more durable library editions and the less costly retail offerings.

Buy accordingly, don’t miss the free Naxos podcasts at the end, and see also Margaret Heilbrun’s roundup of upcoming print books about Dickens, “Charles Dickens at 200: Ten New Books on ‘the Inimitable’.”


Naxos

Barnaby Rudge. 22 CDs. unabridged. 25 hrs. ISBN 9789626349090. $128.98.NAxos Copperfiled 200 Charles Dickens: Our Mutual Friend on Audio; Over 50 Titles

Barnaby Rudge. 6 CDs. abridged. 7 hrs. ISBN 9789626349083. $34.98.

Bleak House. 28 CDs. unabridged. 35 hrs. ISBN 9789626344316. $152.98.

Bleak House. 9 CDs. abridged. 11 hrs. ISBN 9789626344439. $54.98.

A Christmas Carol. 3 CDs. unabridged. 3 hrs. ISBN 9789626343296. $22.98.

David Copperfield. 32 CDs. unabridged. 39 hrs. ISBN 9781843795698. $152.98.

David Copperfield. 8 CDs. abridged. 11 hrs. ISBN 9789626341513. $28.98.

Dombey and Son. 32 CDs. unabridged. 39 hrs. ISBN 9789626349892.

Dombey and Son. 8 CDs. abridged. 11 hrs. ISBN 9789626349908. $54.98.

Great Expectations. 15 CDs. unabridged. 19 hrs. ISBN 9789626344620. $89.98.

Great Expectations. 4 CDs. abridged. 5 hrs. ISBN 9789626340820. $28.98.Naxos GE200 Charles Dickens: Our Mutual Friend on Audio; Over 50 Titles

Hard Times. 3 CDs. abridged. 4 hrs. ISBN 9789626341100. $22.98.

Little Dorrit. 28 CDs. unabridged. 35 hrs. ISBN 9789626348895. $152.98.

Little Dorrit. 8 CDs. abridged. 10 hrs. ISBN 9789626348994. $54.98.

Martin Chuzzlewit. 26 CDs. unabridged 33 hrs. ISBN 9789626349830. $142.98.

Martin Chuzzlewit. 8 CDs. abridged. 9 hrs. ISBN 9789626340967. $54.98.

Nicholas Nickleby. 6 CDs. unabridged. 8 hrs. ISBN 9781843795612. $152.98.

The Old Curiosity Shop. 18 CDs. unabridged. 22 hrs. ISBN 9789626348956. $107.

The Old Curiosity Shop. 6 CDs. abridged. 7 hrs.ISBN 9789626348925. $34.98.

Oliver Twist. 13 CDs. unabridged. 15 hrs. ISBN 9781843795650. $152.98.

Oliver Twist. 4 CDs. abridged. 5 hrs. ISBN 9789626342596. $28.98.

Our Mutual Friend. 28 CDs. unabridged. 36 hrs. ISBN 9789626344422. $152.98.NAXOS The Pickwick Papers Charles Dickens: Our Mutual Friend on Audio; Over 50 Titles

Our Mutual Friend. 9 CDs. abridged. 12 hrs. ISBN 9789626348574. $59.98.

The Pickwick Papers. 25 CDs. unabridged. NA hrs ISBN 9781843795551. $137.98.

The Pickwick Papers. 4 CDs. abridged. 5 hrs. ISBN 9789626341667. $28.98.

Selections from Sketches by Boz. 4 CDs. unabridged selections. 5 hrs. ISBN 9781843796008. $28.98.

A Tale of Two Cities. 12 CDs. unabridged. 15 hrs. ISBN 9789626341667. $73.98.

A Tale of Two Cities. 3 CDs. abridged. 4 hrs.ISBN 9789626343593. $22.98.

Penguin

Great Expectations. 3 CDs. abridged. 4 hrs. ISBN 9780143058168. $14.95.Penguin200 Charles Dickens: Our Mutual Friend on Audio; Over 50 Titles

A Tale of Two Cities. 6 CDs. abridged. 7 hrs. ISBN 9780143058151. $16.95.

BRILLIANCE AUDIO

A Christmas Carol. Colonial Radio Theatre on Brilliance Audio. 1 CD. unabridged. 1 hr. ISBN 9781611062359. $39.97.

Great Expectations. 16 CDs. unabridged. 20 hrs. ISBN 9781597371322. $112.25.

A Tale of Two Cities. 13 CDs. unabridged. 15 hrs. ISBN 9781597371483. $112.25.

BLACKSTONE

Barnaby Rudge. 20 CDs. unabridged. 24 hrs. ISBN 9781433245244. $140.

Bleak House. 15 CDs. unabridged. 33 hrs. ISBN 9780786158720. $120.

Bleak House. 3 CDs. abridged. 3 hrs. ISBN 9781433213472. $27.

A Christmas Carol. 3 CDs. unabridged. 3 hrs. ISBN 9781433214219. $27.

A Christmas Carol. 1CD. abridged. 1 hr. ISBN 9781433205439. $27.

David Copperfield. 14 CDs. unabridged. 36 hrs. ISBN 9780786160525. $120.BlackstoneMutual Friend Charles Dickens: Our Mutual Friend on Audio; Over 50 Titles

Dombey and Son. 15 CDs. unabridged. 37 hrs. ISBN 9780786161232. $120.

Great Expectations. 15 CDs. unabridged. 19 hrs. ISBN 9780786160242. $120.

Hard Times. 9 CDs. unabridged. 12 hrs. ISBN 9780786181452. $81.

Little Dorrit. 15 CDs. unabridged. 32 hrs. ISBN 9780786180974. $120.

Martin Chuzzlewit. 13 CDs. unabridged. 36 hrs. ISBN 9781433254017. $110.

The Mystery of Edwin Drood. 8 CDs. unabridged. 10 hrs. ISBN 9780786171774. $72.

Nicholas Nickleby. 16 CDs. unabridged. 31 hrs. ISBN 9780786169511. $120.

Oliver Twist. 13 CDs.unabridged. 16 hrs. ISBN 9780786175390. $104.

Our Mutual Friend. 13 CDs. unabridged. 31 hrs. ISBN 9780786160693. $108.

The Pickwick Papers. 24 CDs. unabridged. 31 hrs. ISBN 9781441724021. $160.

A Tale of Two Cities. 12 CDs. unabridged. 15 hrs. ISBN 9781455108671. $118.

TANTOR

Bleak House. 31 CDs. unabridged. 39 hrs. ISBN 9781400109081. $129.99.

David Copperfield. 27 CDs. unabridged. 34 hrs. ISBN 9781400111749. $129.99.TantorOliverTwist200 Charles Dickens: Our Mutual Friend on Audio; Over 50 Titles

Great Expectations. 15 CDs. unabridged. 18 hrs. ISBN 9781400106325. $89.99.

Hard Times. 9 CDs. unabridged. 11 hrs. ISBN 9781452630328. $65.99.

The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby. 24 CDs. unabridged. 31 hrs. ISBN 9781452600246. $155.99.

Little Dorrit. 26 CDs. unabridged. 32 hrs. ISBN 9781452600321. $155.99.

Oliver Twist. 13 CDs. unabridged. 17 hrs. ISBN 9781400106950. $72.99.

A Tale of Two Cities. 11 CDs. unabridged. 14 hrs. ISBN 9781400106363. $79.99.

Naxos Podcasts

Download URLs for Dickens podcasts‚ just place in browser

www.naxos-welwyn.co.uk/UPLOADS/DickensPodcasts/AChristmasCarolPodcast.mp3

www.naxos-welwyn.co.uk/UPLOADS/DickensPodcasts/ATaleofTwoCitiesPodcast.mp3

www.naxos-welwyn.co.uk/UPLOADS/DickensPodcasts/BarnabyRudgePodcast.mp3

www.naxos-welwyn.co.uk/UPLOADS/DickensPodcasts/BleakHousePodcast.mp3

www.naxos-welwyn.co.uk/UPLOADS/DickensPodcasts/DavidCopperfieldPodcast.mp3

www.naxos-welwyn.co.uk/UPLOADS/DickensPodcasts/DombeyandSonPocast.mp3

www.naxos-welwyn.co.uk/UPLOADS/DickensPodcasts/GreatExpectationsPodcast.mp3

www.naxos-welwyn.co.uk/UPLOADS/DickensPodcasts/HardTimesPodcast.mp3

www.naxos-welwyn.co.uk/UPLOADS/DickensPodcasts/LittleDorritPodcast.mp3

www.naxos-welwyn.co.uk/UPLOADS/DickensPodcasts/MartinChuzzlewitPodcast.mp3

www.naxos-welwyn.co.uk/UPLOADS/DickensPodcasts/NicholasNicklebyPodcast.mp3

www.naxos-welwyn.co.uk/UPLOADS/DickensPodcasts/OliverTwistPodcast.mp3

www.naxos-welwyn.co.uk/UPLOADS/DickensPodcasts/OurMutualFriendPodcast.mp3

www.naxos-welwyn.co.uk/UPLOADS/DickensPodcasts/TheMysteryofEdwinDroodPodcast.mp3

www.naxos-welwyn.co.uk/UPLOADS/DickensPodcasts/TheOldCuriosityShopPodcast.mp3

www.naxos-welwyn.co.uk/UPLOADS/DickensPodcasts/SketchesbyBozPodcast.mp3

www.naxos-welwyn.co.uk/UPLOADS/DickensPodcasts/ThePickwickPapersPodcast.mp3

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  1. Allan Hoving says:

    Thanks for including us! Tantor Audio also offers a Collection Development Assortment of 9 Dickens titles for $135-$360 depending upon format.

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